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Get to know iOS 8: Five convenient new tricks in Safari

Derek Walter | Oct. 3, 2014
Apple improves Safari in every iteration of iOS, and iOS is no exception. The changes aren't radical, but they do add some extra flexibility and convenience to browing the web on your iPad and iPhone.

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Safari for iOS is as old as the iPhone itself, and even with all the apps that have come and gone in those seven plus years, Safari is the old standby, the essential app that's in the dock row of millions of iPhones and iPads. Apple improves Safari in every iteration of iOS, and iOS is no exception. The changes aren't radical, but they do add some extra flexibility and convenience to browing the web on your iPad and iPhone.

Get a website's desktop version
Sometimes you don't want the stripped-down mobile version of a website. Google's Chrome has long had a "request desktop version" option, and now Safari does also. 

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This is especially helpful for sites that insist on serving the mobile version to your iPhone 6 Plus or iPad

To access this, give a gentle pull down on the menubar to see two new choices: Add to Favorites and Request Desktop Site. Tap the latter and the page will reformat, usually presenting itself in desktop glory.

Scan your credit cards
Forget squinting at your worn-out credit card to get the numbers when buying something online. Apple's browser has a clever new feature that will scan the information with the device camera.

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Make those impulse buys even faster with Safari's ability to scan your credit card number.

While Safari already offers to save your cards with auto-fill, this is another step that simplifies the process of buying something online.

Search with DuckDuckGo
If you are trying to get away from Google's omnipresent eyes, then DuckDuckGo is for you. 

It joins Google, Bing, and Yahoo as your options for performing a web search from the Safari address bar. DuckDuckGo puts privacy as its highest priority, pledging to never use one's personal data when delivering search results. 

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Search anonymously in Safari with DuckDuckGo.

While sometimes that means it's not as sharp with location-awareness or other specific search results, you may enjoy its minimalist design and commitment to anonymity.

Subscribe to an RSS feed
Safari lets your mind wander when browsing by offering shared links related to the site you're visiting. Customize this by subscribing to a site's RSS feed so you can get more of their stuff in Safari. 

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It takes a few taps, but it's still easy to add a new RSS subscription in Safari.

 

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